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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This documentary sends the powerful, explicit message that women can make waves in the world and that sexism and gender discrimination is something worth fighting against.
Positive Role Models
As both a loving mother and an influential, ethical politician, Ferraro is an ideal role model for young people. Other luminaries to be looked up to in this documentary include Hillary and Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Secretary Madeleine Albright, and Barbara and George Bush, Sr.
Exactly one curse word, used in the phrase "kick some ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One brief shot shows Ferraro and religious figures drinking wine together, seemingly in the ceremony of Mass.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way is a documentary about the first woman to run for vice president of the United States. There is very little to concern parents in the way of objectionable content: one curse word, a brief shot of Ferraro drinking wine at Mass, and some potentially upsetting footage of Ferraro, near the end of her life, talking about her bones being very frail. However, this documentary is more suitable for middle and high school students than elementary-age ones, since it discusses a relatively esoteric historical personality in the context of political and cultural change in America. Viewers have to know a fair amount about American history and politics to understand why Ferraro's candidacy, and its lasting effects, was a big deal. For those viewers, this is an interesting look back at a moment in American history. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Given that this intriguing documentary was made by Ferraro's daughter, it's not much of a surprise that it paints Ferraro in only the most glowing terms. We hear about her years as a loving stay-at-home mother, her go-getter school years, and her successes in the DA office, and then, at the documentary's climax, we get a good look at the sharpness and charisma that made the Ferraro/Mondale ticket a potent threat to Ronald Reagan's (ultimately successful) bid for reelection in 1984.
It's a burnished, golden picture to be sure. But, especially for younger people who may never have heard of Ferraro (since she retired from politics more than 15 years ago), it's also an interesting tour through the rise and fall of the woman many hoped would become the first woman president, years and years before Hillary came on the scene. For budding feminists or young people who question why only dudes have held down the Oval Office so far, Paving the Way is an essential portrait.
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